Newspaper Traffic Columns

Many newspapers have columns specifically addressing roads and their traffic within the scope of the newspaper's coverage area, while others compile their traffic- and road-related articles. Below is a listing of those which are available to read online. Note: Some of newspapers linked below require paid or free registration or surveys to access the columns or articles. Cities listed are where newspaper is published, not necessarily the whole coverage area.

United States


Fayetteville Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Gridlock Guru by Rob Smith


Los Angeles Times: Behind the Wheel by various journalists
San Jose Mercury News: Mr. Roadshow by Gary Richards


Denver Rocky Mountain News: Commuting/Lane Ranger by Kevin Flynn et al

District of Columbia

Washington Post: Dr. Gridlock by Ron Shaffer


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Lane Ranger by Joey Ledford


Chicago Tribune: Getting Around by Jon Hilkevitch
Tinley Park Daily Southtown: On the Move by Guy Tridgell


Indianapolis Star: Commuting/Drivers' Forum by Dan McFeely et al


Baltimore Sun: Traffic/Traffic Talk by various journalists


Boston Globe: Starts & Stops by Mac Daniel


Detroit Free Press: Driving Today by Matt Helms
Detroit News: Commuting by Tom Greenwood et al


St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Along for the Ride by Shane Graber
Springfield News-Leader: Road Watch by Hank Billings

New York

New York Daily News: Gridlock Sam by Sam Schwartz (see also here)
New York Newsday: On the Roads by John Valenti / Ask Dr. Conehead (may be discontinued)
White Plains Journal News: Transportation by various journalists

North Carolina

Raleigh News & Observer: Traffic by various journalists


Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Compass by Rich Exner
Toledo Blade: Transportation by various journalists


Allentown Morning Call: Road Warrior by Dan Hartzell
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Transportation by Joe Grata et al


Nashville Tennessean: Growth and Development by various journalists


Dallas Morning News: Transportation/Road Runner by Tony Hartzel et al


Norfolk Virginian-Pilot: Road Warrior by "Road Warrior" / Transportation News by various journalists


Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Getting There by various journalists
Seattle Times: Bumper to Bumper by Susan Gilmore et al


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Traffic/Road Warrior by Larry Sandler et al

Other smaller-market newspapers will often have stories covering local road features or situations without a special column for them. Go here for links to newspapers not listed above.

If you see something which needs corrected, please e-mail Marc Fannin at or , specifying this page. Author not affiliated with columnists nor their employers - please refer correspondence about columns or articles to the respective journalist(s)

This page created Thursday, August 5, 2004/Last revised February 24, 2005

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